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Data-sharing helps snare criminals in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Anti-Terror Detectives

October 2011, Number 02.04

“Two groundbreaking intelligence-sharing programs are helping to identify, arrest and imprison extremists through evidence collected from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Projects Vennlig and Hamah were started by United States European Command to share U.S. Department of Defense information in partnership with Interpol, a consortium to which all but two countries in Europe and Central Asia belong.

Morocco, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Spain, France and Romania are just a few of the 90 Interpol member nations that have benefited from these programs. Phone numbers, receipts, computer passwords, cellphones, bank account numbers, maps – what the military calls “pocket litter” or “DOMEX” (Document and Media Exploitation) – are collected from detainees by coalition ground troops and shared with participating Interpol members. The programs, which have been called the “cornerstone of counterterrorism efforts,” have distributed thousands of pieces of evidence, leading to the arrest of terrorists and exposing foreign fighter networks...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Anti-Terror Detectives,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 4, 2011: 42-45.

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